A Professional Development Seminar for Secondary Teachers
Funded by the Freeman Foundation
The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) at the Program for Teaching East Asia
University of Colorado Boulder, announces the fall 2013 online seminar,
“Teaching about China’s
Co-developed by political scientists with expertise on China in consultation with AP Comparative Government teachers, this 25-hour seminar addresses instructional objectives of the AP Comparative Government course and provides essential background to all teachers covering contemporary China in their courses.
Online Format: The seminar will be conducted entirely through asynchronous online modules, each consisting of video lectures with China specialists, pertinent readings, and content and pedagogy
discussions with master teachers, colleagues, and specialists. Contingent upon registration, a separate discussion section may be offered to meet the interests of AP Comparative Government teachers. The seminar consists of five online modules: Considering China; Sovereignty, Authority & Power; Political Institutions; Citizens, Society & the State; Political & Economic Change.
Eligibility: The seminar is open to secondary teachers nationwide who teach about China. Preference will be given to teachers who have not previously taken an online China course with the University of
Colorado NCTA site.
Seminar Dates: The seminar will commence on September 21 with online introductions. The first module will begin September 28, and the final module will conclude December 8. A final paper and
evaluation will be due December 15. Each module will be open for participant completion for two weeks.
Participation is free, with the following benefits and expectations:
• 25 contact hours of study and discussion with China specialists and fellow educators
• 2 graduate credits (with additional fee) or Certificate of Completion for 25 hours
• Seminar materials
• $100 participant stipend upon satisfactory completion of the seminar
• Eligibility for NCTA enrichment summer programs, including study tours to East Asia (pending
• Participants agree to participate in the full 25-hour seminar & complete a final paper and evaluation
Registration is limited to 30 eligible teachers. For more information, e-mail seminar leader
Jon Zeljo at firstname.lastname@example.org.